First Generation College Students: The Barriers Against and Avenues Toward Success

Ted McCall, Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte


Through a review of literature currently available on first generation college students, this paper will highlight the barriers this group of students face. These barriers will be classified into two areas: pre-college and early-college transition. At the conclusion of this paper, suggestions aimed at both institutions of higher education and educators will be provided. The suggestions will assist these groups of individuals to both develop a greater understanding of this population, and aid them in assisting these students on their path towards successful completion of their college degree. Future research will be explored to assist in the design and implementation of curriculum and programs that are designed specifically with first generation students in mind.